The album of photographs taken by Luigi
Pesce contains 21 views of Tehran and environs, followed by 21 views of ancient Persian
sites including the Achaemenid ruins of Persepolis, the Achaemenid tombs and Sasanian
reliefs at Naqsh-i Rustam near Persepolis, and the Sasanian reliefs at Tāq-e Bostān. Pesce
took the earliest documented photographs of Persepolis and some of the earliest photographs
Luigi Pesce (1827-1864) a Neapolitan lieutenant colonel and amateur photographer, was
employed by Nasir al-Din Shah, beginning in 1848, to modernize the Persian army, and
eventually became commander-in-chief of its infantry. Pesce took the earliest documented
photographs of Persepolis (and some of the earliest photographs of Tehran), for which he was
awarded an Honorable Mention at the 1862 International Exhibition in London.
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